24 October 2014

THIS HAPPENED/THIS WEEK

one. I went ALL IN, re: Halloween Spirit this week; above, a paper-mache prop for my annual BYT costume spread! Can't wait to share once it's L I V E, and until then you can get your Halloween-related l o l z in the comments section of this well-intentioned piece over at Martha Stewart Living.

two. FOOD/DRINK/LINKS: Autumn Cocktails at the Need Supply Blog, Mark Bittman's Only Two Rules for a Good Diet (via NYTimes), and omg, these came across my Pinterest feed and now they're all I can think about.

three. Nicki Minaj: Cheeky Genius. at GQ, via Longform.

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23 October 2014

SOUNDTRACK: CHRISTINE VS. STEVIE

Inspired by yesterday's insane fragrance-ramblings, this edition of SOUNDTRACK alternates Christine McVie and Stevie Nicks-penned tracks, pulled both from solo albums and from the Fleetwood Mac c a t a l o g u e at large. In the interest of full disclosure, McVie shares a song-writing credit on Little Lies, which I even stevie-d (you like what I did there?) with Stop Draggin' My Heart Around, a really excellent Tom Petty + Nicks collaboration that I once listened to thirteen million times in a row while going through a breakup.

Alternating the ladies and starting with Christine, this is really less of a "VS" situation and more an exceptionally pleasant exercise in easy listening. e v e r y b o d y  w i n s !

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22 October 2014

AT NA NIN

A few peeks at NA NIN, a little Richmond, Virginia shop + studio that I spent a few minutes in while road-tripping over the weekend. Minimal in vibe and stocked with c o o l ceramics by Mudpuppy, vintage + new apparel, and j e w e l s by RVA locals Young Frankk and Giant Lion, my favorite of the offerings might have been the NA NIN Fragrance collection, made in-house by owner Kate Jennings. I snagged one of her Landslide Perfume Oils, an "earth mama scent" inspired by Stevie Nicks; it's a new fave and I'm now wondering if a request for a McVie-influenced version would be entertained? I wanna mix 'em up and give off THESE VIBES.

After having followed the shop on Instagram for the last few months, I was glad to have gotten a chance to eyeball it in real life. More from this weekend's field trip soon!

big thanks to the GM East Team/#DistrictDrive for the use of a Buick Encore, and for helping make the DC to RVA road trip happen!

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21 October 2014

HONEYNUT SQUASH WITH APPLES + TAHINI MUSTARD

I'm excited to have shared a few favorite, butternut squash-related recipes in today's FRESHFARM Markets newsletter! Any Sunday morning spent at the Dupont Farmers Market (Dolcezza coffee in hand + a shopping list that's almost wholly dependent on visuals) is easily the highlight of my weekend, and I was stoked to put a little something together for their mailer.

Alongside a collection of recipes I've had my eye on, re: BUTTERNUT (including the excellent, made-it-so-many-times-I-don't-need-the-recipe Spicy Squash Salad at Smitten Kitchen, and the ooooh-let's-make-this-like-NOW Butternut Squash on Toast at Food52), I included an original recipe using some amazing F A L L ingredients – Honeynut Squash, Honeycrisp Apples, fresh Feta and pickled jalapeños – that you can source whether you're in DC or beyond. I don't wanna overhype, but these are hi-impact and lo-fuss, and perfect for throwing together for a last minute dinner party. Grab one squash per customer, halve, season, and toss them in the oven when guests arrive; finish up just before serving alongside a gigantic kale salad and some Rosé while wearing a chunky knit sweater and I'll see you once you get on this level.

HONEYNUT SQUASH WITH APPLES + TAHINI MUSTARD

4 Honeynut Squashes
1 Honeycrisp Apple
1 tbsp. Tahini
1 tsp. Whole Grain Mustard
juice from ½ Lemon
2 tbsp. Water
½ cup Feta, crumbled (more or less to taste)
10-12 Gordy’s Thai Basil Jalapeños
Olive oil, Cumin Seed, Sea Salt, Ground White Pepper, and Crushed Red Pepper Flakes, all to taste

1. Pre-heat oven to 350º. Halve squashes lengthwise, and remove seeds + strings.
2. Arrange squash on a baking dish (insides facing up!) and drizzle with olive oil, cumin seed, sea salt, white pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes, to taste. Roast 35-45 minutes, until tender throughout.
3. Meanwhile, make the tahini mustard: in a medium bowl, whisk tahini, mustard, lemon juice, and water, adding a pinch of sea salt + white pepper to taste. Set aside.
4. Remove squash from oven and set aside. Core and dice the apple, then transfer to the same bowl as the tahini mustard mixture, tossing well until apples are coated.
5. Spoon apple mixture into the hollows of the squash (feel free to get messy with this; any extra apples can go straight onto the baking sheet), then crumble feta overtop. Place baking sheet back in the 350º oven for 5-6 minutes, until apples are warm and feta is doing its warm feta thing. Remove from oven, top with Jalapeños, and serve.



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20 October 2014

HOW DO YOU DO: FOREVER YOUNG

Three things I maybe shoulda left in my 20s (but for better/worse, are around for the long haul):

DRESSING FROM THE THRIFT. While Bizarro Morgan is walking around somewhere with an entire closet full of dry-clean-only investment pieces, in  r e a l  l i f e I haven't yet figured out where to find the disposable income that allows for the Lucky Mag-fueled existence I'd assumed one just wandered into once their mid-30s started happening. If anything, with age comes u n i f o r m, and while I'm loathe to spend money in a regular retail environment beyond what I know I'll be wearing over and over and over, I have no problem going absolutely bananas at the thrift store. A solid three quarters of my wardrobe once belonged to somebody else; the difference a decade has made is that now I know what looks good on me, I keep a list of Things I'd Love To Find so that I don't go off track and come home with a haul of random weirdness (right now I'm on the hunt for a wool fisherman's sweater and a vintage yellow rain slicker), and I don't buy pieces that I know will need major repairs or sewing machine love (though allowances will always be made for insane jumpsuits, etc).

GETTING DUMB-ASS TATTOOS. I have an extremely prominent portrait of the logo for a Mexican canned goods company on my left arm; my sister and I have matching NO STAIRWAY(s) and we've been threatening to get our nicknames for each other permanently inscribed. The older you get the more likely the just-for-funsies ideas you have are likely to remain funsies forever, and this philosophy is ironic (and therefore especially valuable) coming from someone who had a hilarious, late-90s tribal tattoo that she got when she was SIXTEEN removed from – wait for it – HER CHEST. I figure I've found myself in a creative career, I'm not getting anything on like, my forehead – so you know. Y O L O and everything.

DRUGSTORE DEBBIE: I'd like to get on the record that 1) I've (mostly) stopped cutting/dyeing my own hair (quick shout out to mah girl Brenna at Salon Pejman [insert magic-vibes hand emoji]) and 2) I get my nails done/a polish change about weekly (if only because I'm a hand-talker and my work is ALL hands-on and I have to go to events and frankly, manicures cover dirt). But otherwise I am an enormous proponent of drugstore beauty. Sure, I've upgraded a few K E Y items (foundation is now, well, FOUNDATIONAL, and so attention must be paid), but from face wash to lipstick, I'm still haunting the same aisles at Target that I was ten years ago, and I'll probably be there ten years from now, too.

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